Denver Broncos: Possible cap casualties ahead of 2019 free agency
Darian Stewart, S
2018 cap hit: $6,400,000
2018 dead money: $2,800,000 ($3,600,000)
Darian Stewart was such a great pickup for the Broncos back in 2015, but he has since become a bit of a liability in the secondary.
Stewart was the perfect complement to TJ Ward in 2015 but when the Broncos re-signed him in 2017, his play started to take a bit of a dip.
This past season was undoubtedly Stewart’s worst as a Bronco, and the team can’t justify keeping him with a $6.4 million cap number.
It would be shocking to see Stewart back with the Broncos in 2019 especially considering the depth of this year’s defensive back class in free agency. The team will almost certainly pursue other options there, so my guess is that Stewart will be either released or traded, saving the team a good chunk of change on the salary cap.
The Broncos are also likely not keeping wide receiver Andre Holmes, who is set to count $1.45 million against this year’s cap.
If the team makes all of the moves suggested in this article, they will have a projected $73.8 million in cap space to re-shape the roster.